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### replacing numbers to get final anser

I found this question in a random problem solving book that I was reading and wanted to know how you would solve it. I am not sure as how to go about this. Take any positive integer $n$ with fewer ...
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### Integer solutions of an equation that is set to a number

How many integer solutions for $a$ and $b$ in $(ab)/(a+b)=3600$? My attempt: $(ab)/(a+b)=3600$ = $ab=3600(a+b)$ = $ab=3600a+3600b$ =$ab=3600a=3600b$ Dividing $3600b$ on both sides ...
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### I'm not understanding this puzzle [closed]

At first, I was thinking, mininmum amount of sticks it takes to create the figure, and then how many draw strokes it takes to create the boxes without crossing paths...but I can't figure out what's ...
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### How is this card/paper plate magic trick done?

There are 3 paper plates, in which A is written on one, B on the 2nd, and C on the third. Now the person performing the trick knows the initial order of the paper plates. He then asks an audience ...
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### Concept of Probability in math first level

I am trying to teach myself the concepts of probability and I was wondering if this is correct. I am only 13 years old and did not learn this yet. I am just reading parts of a probability book to get ...
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### Mean and Standard Deviation self thought problem

I am 13 years old trying to teach myself about standard deviation and was wondering how this problem would look like. I know I am young to be learning this but I was reading about this and got ...
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I am a student in High School. My math professor made a magic trick the other day in my class and he read our minds. I knew a similar trick which was based on mathematics, that's why I am asking here. ...
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### Define S as a set of primes such that if a, b are in S, ab+4 is in S. Show that S must be empty.

Define $S$ as a set of primes such that $(a \in S) \land (b \in S) \implies (ab + 4) \in S$ [$a$ and $b$ can be the same number]. Show that $S$ must be empty. A hint is given ... "work modulo 7." ...
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### Prove that any two numbers of the form $2^{2^n}+1$ are coprime to one another.

Full problem statement: Prove that any two numbers of the follwing sequence are relatively prime: $2 + 1, 2^2+1, 2^4 + 1, 2^8+1, ... 2^{2^n} + 1$ So far I have tried to use Euclid's algorithm with ...
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### Fair Division: Making the Differences in Players' Valuations Believable

When teaching basic fair division algorithms, the students always propose some simple and (at the first glance) correct solutions for $n$ players, which unfortunately are not correct! The only way I ...
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### Expected number of points on circle to form an acute angled triangle

This problem was asked to me in an interview. We keep on adding points on a circle uniformly until there exist three points on the circle which form an acute angled triangle. What is the expected ...
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### Gauss' Summation Trick; Applications and Generalizations

I'm going to write an article about the summation trick attributed to Guass and its applications and generalizations. I'm sure you know what is the trick I mean: $1+2+\cdots+100=101+101+\cdots+101$ ...
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### If we draw infinitely many lines on a table, can we find a triangle somewhere? [closed]

If we draw infinitely many lines on a table, can we find a triangle somewhere? We prove that there is a subgraph $C_3$ in $C_n$, which will be called a triangle. Suppose we have an infinite ...
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### Find all the integral solutions to $2x+3y=200$

What's the best way of going about this? $$2x+3y=200.$$
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### Is $\sum_{k=1}^{n} k^k / \sum_{k=1}^{n} k \in \mathbb{N}$ for some $n > 1$?

Let $A = \sum_{k=1}^{n} k^k$ and $B = \sum_{k=1}^{n} k$, where $n >1$ is a positive integer. Is $A/B$ ever an integer?
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### Puzzles or short exercises illustrating mathematical problem solving to freshman students

At high school, the solution method to almost all mathematical exercises is to apply some technique or algorithm you have learned before. At the university, the situation is fundamentally different. ...
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### Find n term of sequence

A sequence is given: $$1,10,11,100,101,110,111,1000,\dots,a_n,\dots$$ The question is: what is the value of $a_n$ for a given $n$? I have tried a lot of patterns but was not able to meet the ...
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### Calculate the exact weekday of a given date.

I've seen questions about calculating the exact weekdays on a given day, such as the AMC few years ago asking for the weekday that Charles Dicken's birth. For example, yesterday's Sunday, August 4, ...
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### Using + - * / operators and 4 4 4 4 digits find all formulas that would resolve to 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

I had a conversation with a colleague of mine and he brought up an interesting problem. Using the + - * / operators and four 4 4 4 4 digits, create an algorithm that will output all the formulas that ...
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### Find the value of $3^9\cdot 3^3\cdot 3\cdot 3^{1/3}\cdot\cdots$

Find the value of $3^9\cdot 3^3\cdot 3\cdot 3^{1/3}\cdot\cdots$ Doesn't this thing approaches 0 at the end? why does it approaches 1?
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### Avoid more than one duplicate opponent

OK, I'm not sure if I can explain this: I have 12 players I want that each player play 3 times Each game is of 3 vs 3 players In each game each player plays with 2 different team members (no ...
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### Board $7\times 7$ problem

An aid in this problem: On a board of $7 \times 7$ each box is painted red or blue so that any square on the board has at least two neighboring boxes blue. determine as little blue boxes that can be ...
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### Let $k \geq 3$; prove $2^k$ can be written as $(2m+1)^2+7(2n+1)^2$

Prove: If $k \geq 3$, then $2^k$ can be written as $(2m+1)^2+7(2n+1)^2$, where $k, m, n \in \mathbb{N}$.
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### How to find the point in a closed geometrical figure which maximizes the “direct-line-of-sight function”

To expand upon the title, and put it in clear terms, I phrase the problem thusly: Consider the interior of any continuous, closed, non-self-intersecting curve in the plane. (I'm not sure if I'm ...
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### Proving that $x$ is an integer, if the differences between any two of $x^{1919}$, $x^{1960}$, and $x^{2100}$ are integers

For a specific real number $x$, the difference between any two of $x^{1919}$, $x^{1960}$ , and $x^{2100}$ is always an integer. How would one prove that $x$ is an integer?
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### Probability that a stick randomly broken in five places can form a tetrahedron

Edit (March. 2014) This question has been moved to mathoverflow; see here. Randomly break a stick in five places. Question: What is the probability that the resulting six pieces can form a ...
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### Arbitrary ratio sequences on a partition of $\mathbb{R}$ (Partition regularity of fixed ratio sequences)

Background: This question arose purely recreationally and doesn't really fit into any context that I know of. Let $A \sqcup B = \mathbb{R}$ be a partition of the ...
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### Calculating the same exchange rate to make an investor indifferent

If we consider an American investor in 2009 with 160 million Dollars to place in a bank deposit in either America or the UK. The (1 yr) interest rate on bank deposits is 6 percent in the UK and 1 ...
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### Sequence Question from past post

I recently saw a post about sequences. This made me remember some other post someone had posted here on Math.SE. He did not want answers but wanted general ways to tackle them. I did spend an hour or ...
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### A good book for short problems

What is a good book for problems which can be done without much mathematical background? I don't mean IMO-level, since those questions generally require a fairly big amount of mathematical knowledge, ...
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### Arc sums for a circle of $k$ positive integers whose total sum is $n$

This problem got me thinking about the following more general scenario: Suppose you have $k$ positive integers with total sum $n$, and you arrange them in a circle. Given such an arrangement, you ...
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### Request for a proof of the following continued-fraction identity

I have been poring over many texts about continued fractions, but none of them seem to be helping me to prove the following beautiful continued-fraction identity (I am nowhere close):  ...
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### How did Euler solve the 4-whole-numbers-adding-up-to-a-perfect-square problem?

So I was watching a video on Leonhard Euler about how he amazingly solved so many difficult problems and one of the many problems that he solved was this: ...
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### Problems like the handshake problem

I am in college and my RA has been putting up little thought problems on his door for us to see as we pass by, but the ones he puts up aren't too interesting. I wrote up the handshake problem (invite ...
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### Mean and Median in a Classic River Crossing Problem

Consider the following classic problem: Four people on the west side of a river wish to use their single boat to get to the east side of a river. Each boat ride can hold at most two people, and the ...
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### Multiplication Table with a frame and picture of equal sum

Is there an $n \times n$ multiplication table such that if you form a border of width $k$ ("the frame") and sum its elements, the total will equal the sum of the remaining elements ("the picture")? ...
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### Mathematics of Tetris 2.0

Based on the question The Mathematics of Tetris, I was wondering if it is possible to have a series of tetris blocks that is impossible to clear. For example, getting the string TTTSS.. forces the ...
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### Can this crate have even numbers in all rows and columns?

A milk crate holds 24 bottles in four rows and six columns. Can you put 18 bottles of milk in the crate so that each row and each column of the crate have an even number of bottles in it?
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### Literature on Mathematical Problem Posing

I know there is a fair bit of literature on mathematical problem solving (e.g., Polya, Schoenfeld). I am wondering if anyone can direct me toward good sources on mathematical problem posing. More ...
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### Smallest multiple whose digits are only ones and zeros [duplicate]

I have a collection of typewritten pages that formed the basis of a third year problem solving course offered about 25 years ago at U. Waterloo. I've been slowly working through the problems and have ...
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### Expected Ratio of Coin Flips

If you flip a coin until you decide to stop and you want to maximize the ratio of heads to total flips, what is that expected ratio? Assuming that you want to maximize the ratio, meaning ...
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### Geometrical combinatorics

This question was inspired by Rush Hour game: You have a 6x6 grid, 12 pieces of size 2, and 4 pieces of size 3. A piece can be placed on the grid either horizontally or vertically. The pieces can't ...
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### A game of numbers: When can we have 2011?

Two friends are playing a game. In every turn, after one of them says a number $k$, the other one has to say a number in form $a\cdot b$ where $a,b\in \mathbb{N}$ such that $a+b=k$ holds. The game ...
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### Probability of winning a prize in a raffle

My work is having it's annual Christmas raffle today. 1600 tickets have been sold, and there are 40 prizes to win. I have bought ten tickets. What are the odds I will win a prize? While an initial ...
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### The Mathematics of Tetris

I am a big fan of the oldschool games and I once noticed that there is a sort parity associated to one and only one Tetris piece, the $\color{purple}{\text{T}}$ piece. This parity is found with no ...
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### Counting ordered triples of non-negative integers not greater than 100

Can we find the number of ordered triples $(x,y,z)$ of non-negative integers satisfying (i) $x \leq y \leq z$ (ii) $x + y + z \leq 100$? Source:Regional Mathematics Olympiad India (2003) Thank you.I ...
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### Zombie Survival: What is the optimal way to place seven entities on an infinite grid to reduce number of adjacent pairs?

I am designing a zombie-survival type scenario in a tabletop RPG game. My system is going to work in such a way that the players take damage at the start of their turns based on how many adjacent ...
Problem: There is a farmer who has a $1\text{ mile}\times 1\text{ mile}$ square piece of land. He knows that there is a completely straight pipe underneath some part of his property, but it could ...